Design Brief Worksheet Template

Using a properly thought out Design Spec can help you find better clients, clients with more money to spend and better, more interesting projects.

Prompted by a regular stream of Reverb Studios clients over the years who weren’t quite sure what they wanted in a new website or other design project and in response to me asking them for more guidance just pointed to a competitors website, or worst still a very long list of totally different competitor websites, and expected me to take it from there, I recently decided to do some research on how best to extract the maximum amount of detailed information from a client before starting any new design project.

The benefits to this are as follows as I see it:

  • You can avoid that initial, face-to-face, time (and money) sapping meeting with a client where no one is really prepared or knows what they want or what needs doing.
  • You get to see if a client is a good fit for you and your services and vice versa, whether the client can actually be served by you at all.
  • You get an idea of how serious and defined a client is about their business and their business goals. Asking them to sit down and think about their business and goals is something of value to them if they havn’t done it before.
  • By asking them for their budget, you separate the kind of clients who want something for nothing or everything in the world for very little investment from those who are prepared to put their money where their mouths are and get something of real value in return.
  • You get to come across as a professional who is serious and detailed about how they do things.
  • It gives much needed focus to a project that both sides can greatly benefit from.

Following my research across several articles, some marketing and design classes I’ve completed in recent years, my recent design degree and drawing from my now 15 years in a design related business, I drafted and built the following Design Brief Worksheet and put it in digital form:

Reverb Studios Design Brief Worksheet

Please use the form to think about your own business’s current performance, goals, use it to hire my own services or adapt it for your own use.

Leon

Weight Loss Progress & BMI Calculator Spreadsheet With Chart

Prompted by my own recent requirements to lose weight and try sort out my high blood pressure issues, myself and a friend in similar need to lose weight decided to document and graph our weight loss “progress” (hopefully!) so we jointly created a shared spreadsheet on Google Sheets where we can both input our weekly weight and have it calculate our BMIs then chart the lot on an easy to read graph.

I’d recommend doing this with another person or two as you can both spur each other on to lose the weight.

Screenshots:

Table Data
Table Data
Graph
Graph

Instructions:

Download the Microsoft Office Spreadsheet HERE and fill in your own data. It should be easy enough to understand and use. You just need to enter your own data for the following:

  • Your Height
  • Your Weekly Weight
  • Your Target Weight
  • Your Target BMI

The spreadsheet does the rest.

Digital Technology & Design Degree

I’ve just finished up my year long, part time and fully online BSc Design Degree run by the Digital Skills Academy in Dublin in conjunction with the Dublin Institute of Technology and wanted to write a few words about the experience and to largely recommend the course to others.

I signed up for the course last January after seeing a Facebook add for it. I applied through the Springboard program which offers free courses to those qualified and was accepted because of my prior experience in the design sector having worked as a freelance Web & Graphic Designer since about 2003.

Topics Covered in my chosen “Design” stream:

  • UX, UI & Concept Design
  • Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation
  • Digital Industries & Career Development
  • Front-end Web & Mobile Development
  • Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
  • Web Graphics Design & Production
  • Digital Marketing Campaign Management

There was also a Major Project for the final 6 months were we worked as a team on a real life project.

My reasons for doing the course were:

  • Gain a design qualification (had none!)
  • Learn something new
  • Networking
  • Experience of teamwork (I work alone a lot)
  • An internationally recognised Level 7 Bsc degree in only 1 year!?

The fact that the course was online and part time appealed to me as I still had my full time business to run as well as having a wife and three kids and things were kinda slow work wise. A 10-15 hour per week commitment was mentioned at the start of the course but we quickly realised that was a bit of an under statement! I think I put in about 25-30 hours per week at least for the first 6 months.

Course Best Bits:

  • Flexible access
  • Modern relevant content
  • Team work
  • NO EXAMS!
  • Only 1 year!
  • Introduction to online learning tools
  • Our Facebook group
  • Networking

Course Worse Bits:

  • Moodle learning system
  • Project brief confusion
  • Support delays (Forum & Email)
  • Inflexible LiveSync timings
  • Tolerating poor teammates

Conclusion:

I would highly recommend Digital Skills Academy courses. The lecturers are knowledgeable and accessible, the content is relevant to the modern digital workplace. Team work is excellent experience and the networking aspect is fantastic too. Where else would you get a degree, part time in one year too!?

Leon,
Class of 2017